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How to drink responsibly

Many of us like to kick back with a tipple at the end of a tough week, or indeed, day. Unfortunately, from the vast amounts of water and energy used in the distillation process to excessive, non-recyclable packaging, the drinks industry has a tendency to be both wasteful and polluting.

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UK’s bees again threatened by neonics!

The UK’s bees are again at serious risk from a government which repeatedly pledges to protect them. In January 2022, just months after passing its flagship Environment Act 2021, it announced that Syngenta’s Cruiser SB, a brand name for the ‘banned’ neonicotinoid thiamethoxam, would be permitted for use on the UK’s 2022 sugar beet crop.

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Rapanui’s Teemill revolutionises fast fashion with circular T-shirts

The world’s dwindling resources, including cotton often sourced in questionable circumstances, are used to manufacture millions of T-shirts, many of which will quickly end up in landfill.
Now there’s another way. An award-winning UK-based online software platform is using modern technologies like AI to make circular fashion stylish and open source.

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Stylish glasses for an ethical new outlook

More than half of us need glasses to correct our vision, but like sunglasses they’ve long been a challenge to the eco-conscious. Frames are usually made from polluting, non-biodegradable petroleum-based plastics or from metal. While both are recyclable, your local scheme is unlikely to accept old specs, which are more likely to end up in…

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Is clothing rental taking over from cheap ‘disposable’ fashion?

Fashion-conscious women turning their backs on the wasteful throwaway culture engendered by cheap, fast fashion retailers may be turning to rental as a way of changing up their everyday looks. Market analyst Mintel found 57% of UK fashion shoppers trying to shop more sustainably. More than half have also either rented clothing or are considering…

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Global recycling crisis sparks fresh thinking on packaging

Versatile and durable, plastic has revolutionised modern life. But 63% of products sold in the food and beverage, beauty, home care and pet food sectors are now packaged in plastic. More than 8bn tons of this near-indestructible material has been produced since 1960. Global efforts to recover and recycle it barely dent the problem. Before…

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